What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a treatment technique that involves inserting a thin filament needle into soft tissues—such as muscle “trigger points,” fascia, tendons, and ligaments—to stimulate the healing process and relieve pain. Recent research has shown that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
Dry needling is not acupuncture; the use of modern dry needling as part of a physical therapy plan of care is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. However, dry needling and acupuncture both involve the use of the same tool: a solid needle filament.
Can you benefit from dry needling?
Dry needling can help treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems, including, but not limited to: neck pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, knee pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and low back pain.
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